When I was a kid I thought the world was a pretty amazing place. I had a happy childhood for the most part (save for a few bullies that made my life miserable, but I digress) with memories like Morry the Good Humor Ice Cream man giving us rides around the neighborhood, watching The Honeymooners with my dad, listening to "A Hard Day's Night" on our phonograph and other simple memories from a much simpler time.
I rode my bike everywhere, played outside all summer. Music was a big part of my life with favorite songs like "The Rain, The Park and Other Things" from The Cowsills and anything from The Monkees. As I got older my favorite TV show was "Happy Days" and I planned my work schedule at McDonalds to have off on Tuesday nights to watch it. There were other shows I loved like "Petticoat Junction", "Leave it to Beaver" and "Gilligan's Island".
Yes, there was Woodstock and the 60's sex, drugs and rock and roll yet society had not completely fallen into the hands of stupidity. But that was then and wow, this is now. And I am worried as hell about what the future holds if things continue to get worse. What in the world will life be like for our kids; for our grandkids? What has happened to us?
Once upon a time, song lyrics were sweet. You could almost picture a couple skipping down the street holding hands. Just think of a few old songs, maybe like Herman's Hermits "Something Good". Went like this: "Woke up this morning feeling fine, there's someone special on my mind. Last night I met a new girl in the neighborhood; something tells me I'm into something good". Awww, so sweet you could get a cavity listening to it. But it was innocent. Now? Today that song might go something like this: "Got up dis morning, I's feelin' like shit, last night I hit it wit a ho dat was lit. She was jus another skank from my brutha's hood, but I can tell you man, dat ho, she was good".
Once upon a time we had show's like Dick Van Dyke where twin beds were customary for TV standards. Married couples were not allowed to be televised in the same bed. Now, the only twin beds we see on TV are those that the stellar stars of Jersey Shore are "smooshing"in. For those of you that don't know what that means I bet you can figure it out. We have gone from June Cleaver and Mrs. Cunningham to Snooki, Sami and J. Woww. From Gilligan and Dobie Gillis to Pauly D and The Situation. The early characters had something to say, to teach. Hopefully the only thing the cast of Jersey Shore can teach is how not to behave.
Once upon a time there were games that kids played that didn't involve electronics. There were games like Tag, Red Rover and Red Light, Green Light. We used our imaginations to build forts; play house. Okay, so once in awhile we'd make Ken and Barbie "do it" but that was using our imaginations, right? Now we have video games like Bulletstorm and Grand Theft Auto to show kids how to be as violent as possible. We couldn't just let tagging someone be as violent as it could get.
Once upon a time we had dress codes. When I was in 7th grade we couldn't wait for "pants day", the once a semester opportunity to wear jeans. There were no thongs hanging out of our low cut, skin tight jeans, no boobs hanging out of low cut tops. Boys wore belts. They didn't have pants around their knees. There were words like "groovy" and "neato". We didn't use the word "like" after every single other like word like we like uttered.
I could go on and on yet I think you are starting to get the picture. I feel as though the older I get, the world is becoming a pretty classless place.
And once upon a time there were honest politicians.....
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